Gov. Whitmer: Restaurant restrictions could be lifted within two weeks

The governor says indoor dining could resume before restrictions are set to be lifted on Jan. 15.
This is a recording of the TV6 Early News.
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 7:17 PM EST
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UPPER MICHIGAN, Mich. (WLUC) - Governor Gretchen Whitmer says indoor dining at restaurants, could resume within the next two weeks.

“This kind of step back that we have done is working and our numbers are starting to come down,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in an interview with TV6.

The governor says indoor dining could resume before restrictions are set to be lifted.

“This current order goes through the 15th. At the latest we will be revisiting it then, but it’s possible we could go earlier if everyone takes this seriously and does their part,” said Whitmer.

According to the governor, the restaurant industry has been in contact with her administration, asking to be able to reopen with restrictions in place such as limited capacity and a curfew.

Whitmer says she is willing to work with them, but is unsure if that is the right approach.

“There is some information that curfews actually don’t work very well so we are having lots of debate,” said the governor.

The medical director for four Upper Michigan health departments also says the numbers are moving in the right direction.

“The trends are fabulous for the U.P.,” said Dr. Robert Lorinser.

However, Dr. Lorinser warns that nationally, the toughest times will still be within the next 4-8 weeks. He says, a return back to a complete “normal”, could still be months away.

“That herd immunity of 70-85% will probably not be until fall,” said Dr. Lorinser.

Meanwhile the rollout of a vaccine, continues to slowly begin.

The governor says the Moderna vaccine, which is easier to store, gives her hope for rural areas like the U.P.

“That one gives a little more flexibility and we will be able to get that to more rural part which is a great thing,” said Whitmer.

Both the doctor and governor still don’t expect a vaccine to be widely available for months.

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